Uponor North America expands headquarters Uponor North America celebrated the fifth expansion to its 230,000-sq.-ft. corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Apple Valley, Minn. The headquarters has more than quadrupled in size since its opening in 1990. Several political and community leaders were in attendance, including U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar; Congressman John Kline; Deputy State Director for Senator Al Franken — Sara Silver nail; Minnesota state representatives Anna Wills and Tar a Mack; Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland; Apply Valley Chamber President Ed Kearney and several members of the Apple Valley City Council and Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce. “This expansion affirms our brand ideals of connecting, building and inspiring,” Uponor North America President Bill Gray said. “We’re not just trying to turn a profi t here. We have a longer-term sustainability commitment to our company and the community.” Klobuchar referenced Uponor’s recent industry recognitions as a Top 100 Workplace by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the 2013 manufacturer of the year honor by the Manufacturers Alliance, saying manufacturing is coming back. Deacon Industrial Supply celebrates 50th anniversary Deacon Industrial Supply recently hosted more than 400 customers and suppliers at its 50th anniversary customer appreciation celebration in Valley Forge, Pa. Deacon’s 50-year timeline exhibit was displayed by decade for all guests to interact with and walk through. Owner and CEO Bill Vail and other Deacon employees were on hand thanking and celebrating with customers as well as suppliers. Guests were treated to plenty of food and drink and a performance on center stage by Greaseband. Deacon continues to make the necessary investments to accelerate business growth. In June 2011, the company moved into its new state-of-the-art 150,000-sq.-ft. facility in Harleysville, Pa. The new facility provides customers with increased product availability and inventory, greater in-house fabrication capabilities and better customer service and delivery. Deacon has been a full-service distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, industrial specialties, heating, sprinkler, automation and instrumentation services since 1963. Morrison Supply honored as Associate of the Year Fort Worth, Texas-based Morrison Supply recently was named Associate of the Year by the Texas Association of Builders during its “Of the Year” Awards as part of the Excellence in Leadership Dinner at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. The awards are given annually to recognize exemplary service and leadership contributions to the home-building industry by its members. TAB is comprised of 28 local home builders associations and nearly 10,000 members across Texas. Vendor News InSinkErator recently donated $25,000 in matching funds to the Plumbing-Heating- Cooling Contractors Educational Foundation at the association’s PHCC CONNECT 2013 event in Las Vegas to help boost the Invest in Your Future campaign. Invest in Your Future supports the foundation’s mission of delivering educational programs for contractors and helps to fund scholarships for future industry professionals. Rough plumbing manufacturer Sioux Chief announced the launch of a new series of product videos that enable plumbing contractors and wholesalers to learn more about the company’s design innovation, product features and installation techniques. For more information, visit www.siouxchief.com. Water Furnace International recently donated $25,000 to the United Service Organization of Indiana, making the company the largest single contributor to the nonprofit military support organization. BrassCraft sponsors plumbing profession growth opportunity BrassCraft Mfg. Is sponsoring the Pre-employment, Architectural & Construction Exploration program. PACE is a Builder’s Exchange of Texas program that educates young students in construction and trade specific plumbing profession opportunities. The PACE program provides high-school students with quality construction and plumbing industry information and training necessary to seek and obtain employment within the trades. “Young adults have a lot to consider when choosing a career path,” Brass Craft Director of Product Management and Innovation Patty Stinson said. “We are committed to supporting organizations that take the initiative to get our young people interested early in their careers.” People News Viega appointed longtime employee Dalyn Cantrell as its new vice president of sales and marketing. Cantrell replaces Dave Garlow, who recently took over as Viega president and CEO. Viessmann promoted company veteran Stephen David to sales director of the East Coast including the Southern states through Texas. Kevin Flynn was promoted to regional sales manager of the New England region, while Carol Fey was promoted to regional sales manager of the Mountain region. Aquatic announced the appointment of bathware, plumbing and building industry veteran Stuart Leigh as its president. BrassCraft Mfg. Appointed Kimberly Tessa to the post of national accounts manager. JG Innovations, a provider of steel soffit concealment systems, announced Jack Grice, P. E., has been named chairman and CEO. As founder of JG Innovations, Grice recently served as company president. Deacon Industrial Supply named William A. Dunne vice president of sales. Nuheat announced CEO John Rose will transition from his role as CEO to a member of Nuheat’s Board of Directors. Hansgrohe North America hired Luky “Jade” Ng as design studio manager at Axor NYC. Ng brings nearly eight years of design and plumbing experience to the position. Watts Water Technologies appointed Ram Ramakrishnan to the post of executive vice president, strategy and business development. Xylem Group appointed John Weinstein as vice president of sales and marketing for its Xylem brand. Metals industry veteran Pamela M. Bridgeman joined Alloy Metals and Tubes International as vice president of sales and is the newest member of AMTI’s leadership team. Blackman Plumbing Supply Co. Named John P. O’Brien III as chief financial officer. Rothenberger USA recently named Brian P. Allison vice president and general manager, replacing Chera M. Ellis. Allison will be responsible for expanding Rothenberger USA’s presence in the plumbing channel through innovative product implementation, superior customer service and enhanced market visibility. Fluidmaster hired Bill Martin as vice president of sales — retail and wholesale.
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